Rating: 9 Excellent
Popularity:55
Difficulty:Medium
Year:2008
Players: 1-5 players
Playing time: 100-200 minutes
Age:12+

Official Site: Official game page at Zman


Created by: Uwe Rosenberg, Klemens Franz

Published by: Lookout Games, 999 Games, Filosofia Éditions

Alternate Names: ル・アーブル, 港都情濃, 르 아브르

Description:

Le Havre is a economic city development board game where the players are attempting to acquire and refine goods to ship off. The game takes place in the harbour of Le Havre, a French city.

Each turn, goods are first added to various offer spaces. The goods are used either to feed the community, to construct buildings and ships or to be processed in one of the 33 buildings. Here, the goods are upgraded into finished products which players can sell.

There are 5 types of buildings: craftsman's buildings, economic buildings, industrial buildings, public buildings and non-buildings. They are all a good investment and a revenue stream, but ships provide necessary food that is needed to feed the workers.

Wood, clay and iron are building resources while fish, grain and cattle are used as food.

The game is played for a set number of rounds and at the end, the player with the greatest net wealth is the winner.

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Game Components

  • 1 Rules appendix: Buildings overview
  • 3 Game boards
  • 5 Person discs (1 in each player color)
  • 5 Ship markers (1 in each player color)
  • 6 counter sheets, containing:

    • 7 large, round supply tiles
    • 16 large, round Food production tokens
    • 1 large, round starting player tile
    • A total of 420 tokens (coins, grain, iron, clay, wood, ..).
  • 110 cards:

    • 5 "Game turn" overview cards
    • 33 Standard building cards
    • 36 Special building cards
    • 20 Round cards with "Ship" on the reverse
    • 11 "Loan" cards
    • 5 "Round overview" cards

Setup

Le Havre can be played in either a full or a shortened version. Rule changes for the shortened version are described at the end of this section. The following table shows how many rounds are played, depending on the number of players: …



There are 33 Standard buildings. Depending on the number of players, not all buildings are used. The 33 Standard buildings include 9 Craftsman's buildings, 6 Economic buildings, 10 Industrial buildings, 4 Public buildings and 4 Non-buildings. There are a total of 6 Fishermen and 8 Hammers on the buildings.

Abattoir

(C, Sort order 09, Value 8, Entry fee: 2 Francs, Building material: 1 wood, 1 clay and 1 iron).

The player may upgrade any number of cattle to meat by turning over the tokens. In addition, she receives 1 hide for every 2 cattle that are slaughtered (rounded down). She receives 1 hide for slaughtering 2-3 cattle, 2 for slaughtering 4-5 cattle, etc. Hides are only a byproduct of slaughtering cattle. They may be upgraded to leather. …



Up to 5 Special buildings can be bought in each game. Because of the function of the "Marketplace" Standard building, 6 Special buildings are laid out for each game.

As with all the other buildings that are owned by the town, face-up Special buildings can be bought by players but they cannot be built (Similar to the Clay Mound and Black Market; an exception is the Football Stadium).

The 36 Special buildings include 6 Craftsman's buildings, 14 Economic buildings, 6 Industrial buildings, 4 Public buildings, 5 Non-buildings and a Ship. There are a total of 13 Fishermen and 9 Hammers on the cards. …



  • Who takes the first move in a round?

    Whenever a Round card is turned to the ship side, the number at the right of the new Round card shows which player will take the first move in the new round: "1" is the Starting player, "2" is the next player, etc. This ensures that players remember to turn over the resolved Round card. In the shortened version of the game, use the lower number in the lightcolored box.

  • The Buttery

    (A Buttery is a food storeroom) …



  • Difference between construction and buying

    All buildings and ships may be either built (constructed) or bought as a player chooses; they are usually built. This difference is very important:

    • Building is always a Main action, and requires building resources. It is taken in a Construction building such as the Construction Firm or one of the Building Firms.

    • Buying is always an Additional action and requires money.

    In both cases, the player who builds or buys the building takes the card and places it in front of her. …



How Do I Get Money

Money (identified by the coin symbol) is used to buy buildings and ships, to repay loans, as a substitute for food and, last but not least, to win the game. The currency is called Francs.

  • The "Francs" Offer space supplies Francs.
  • In the Joinery, 1-3 wood can be sold for 5-7 Francs.
  • Subsidies (½ Franc per good) are paid in the Smokehouse, Bakery and Brickworks, as well as in the Tannery and Cokery (1 Franc per good).
  • The Shipping Line allows players to ship goods - the quantity depends on the ships that the player owns.
  • Goods can be sold using the Bridge over the Seine (only recommended towards the end of the game).
  • The Zoo and Plant Nursery Special buildings supply money; goods can be sold in a further 15 of the 36 Special buildings.
  • Buildings and Ships can be sold for half their value at any time.

Note: A player can only take out a loan if she or he does not have enough food during a Feeding phase or if she or he cannot pay required Interest costs. …




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